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“Common sense is a little man in a gray suit who never makes a mistake at addition, but it’s always someone else’s money he’s adding up.” – Raymond Chandler

Let’s hear it for uncommon sense: that inner itch that inspires you to stray from the herd, ditch the training wheels, and leap into the fast lane. As we all know, it’s the risk takers who get their faces on magazine covers and their interviews on news radio. No one ever remembers who won “honorable mention.”

So in this section you’ll find uncommon sense — and our 2 cents — about careers, management, and the economy at large.

"Writer's Block I" photo by Drew Coffman

Posted On August 8, 2017By Judy BernsteinIn Missions

Creative Problem Solving: Innovation For The Rest Of Us

by Judy Bernstein, Guest Blogger and VP of Insights & Innovation at CBA; Writer’s Block I photo by Drew Coffman… Seinfeld fans fondly remember the Festivus episode: Frank Costanza, played by the legendary Jerry Stiller, creates a holiday in response to the misanthropy he encountered and inflicted at Christmas. From his desperate, wistful conviction that there had to be a better way, Festivus, a holiday “for the rest of us,” was born, featuring an airing of grievances and feats of strength. I think of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) as aRead More
No Exit Strategies

Posted On July 5, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Missions

No Exit: Why Exit Strategies Are Bad For Startups

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Entrepreneurial Advisor… Too many entrepreneurs treat their startups like Hollywood relationships: the affair begins with a lot of passion, it’s great for gossip and headlines, and it might even lead to deals, but as soon as things get a little rocky — or something better comes along — the entrepreneur is outta there. These zero-commitment capitalists proudly call themselves “serial entrepreneurs,” which, in relationship terms, would make them philanderers. But hey, whatever consenting adults want to do with their time andRead More
Why Work Never Gets Done
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Professional Procrastinator… The following story is based on actual events. So you made yourself a short to-do list for this Sunday, and figured you would even have time to maybe watch a movie tonight. But just as you start getting to work… 1. You hear your cat complaining from the other room, so you go over and see that the litter box could use a refill. As you pour more litter into the box, your phone rings, and by reaching forRead More
Winston Churchill - Artist

Posted On February 1, 2017By Freddy J. NagerIn Missions

A Total Eclipse Of The Arts? Why It Matters And What We Can Do

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Whose Career Would be Nothing without the Arts… Since this is a website for creative professionals, I would be remiss to not comment on the threat to the National Endowment of the Arts. Although its budget is relatively minuscule — a mere $148 million in 2016 compared to the $437 million budget for military marching bands (yes, really) and the overall $3.54 trillion federal budget— the positive impact of the arts can’t be ignored. Randy Cohen, Vice President of ResearchRead More
Virtual Cold Shoulder
by Nereyda Valenzuela, Guest Blogger + Human Communication Lab Director at Cal State University Fullerton… Ever notice how little things bother you on social media? Such as certain people not liking your photos or accepting your friend requests? These simple cases of inaction can trigger emotions that linger for days. Such willful inaction on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. is actually a form of rhetoric called the “virtual cold shoulder.” It involves one party intentionally not acting and the other party perceiving that as an insult. Since a relationship previouslyRead More
Chris Christie School of Business

Posted On September 20, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Missions

Welcome To The Chris Christie School of Business (CC: SOB)

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Questions What Our Business Schools Are Teaching… Dear Leaders of the 21st Century: Congratulations on joining the first class of the Chris Christie School of Business! We are honored that you have chosen to accompany us on our mission to redefine leadership in corporate America. While you may occasionally hear our rival institutions bandy about such terms as “responsibility” and “managerial excellence,” at CC: SOB, you will learn how to actually integrate those concepts into policy statements and pressRead More
Millionaires Vs Broke People
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + And Guy Who’s Wondering How Much More LinkedIn He Can Take… Please tell me this is one of those annoying LinkedIn puzzles. You know, one of those banal math problems or word games that clueless people play on the professional networking site. This particular LinkedIn challenge obviously shows the value of proofreading, and it’s so easy that a Fox News host could solve it. The column headers are clearly reversed, so just swap ’em and the table makes perfect sense. InRead More
Start Your Engines - Nonprofit Management Made Simple
Editor’s Note: We first met Rachel Brookhart on Twitter, where her wit, devotion to smart marketing, and love of both cats and whiskey made her one of the few Twitter users we actually follow. We also share an academic connection: Rachel received her M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University L.A., where Atomic Tango Founder Freddy J. Nager used to teach. Now she’s published her first book, Start Your Engines: Nonprofit Management Made Simple, which we found both entertaining and insightful. It combines realistic advice (no naive idealism here) interwovenRead More
Creative Job Interviews
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who’s Been On Both Sides Of The Table; photo by Virginia State Parks staff (Albert Herring) via Wikimedia Commons… I occasionally help my clients find and interview other marketing agencies and professionals, since I speak the lingo and know what to look for. My B.S. detector can sense a snake-oil seller after just a few words, and I enjoy clearing out posers to create opportunities for truly talented and ethical professionals. So it’s a shame when I find an honest,Read More
LinkedIn Profile Tips for Marketers
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Heavy LinkedIn User… Of all the social networks out there, LinkedIn has delivered the best return on my time — as in actual gigs that come with actual money. That doesn’t mean I love the site — the user experience appears designed by inebriated spider monkeys — but I’ve managed to make it work for me. So I put together this list of suggestions to improve your LinkedIn profile, particularly if you work in marketing or other creative professions. (This adviceRead More